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August 21st, 2016 in


How Much Does it Cost to Remodel a Bathroom?

For many people, the question ‘how much does it cost to remodel a bathroom?‘ is one of the first things that come’s to mind when they are thinking of upgrading this room.

So when hiring a team of experts to work on your home improvement job, it certainly helps to know how much the project will cost upfront so you don’t go over budget.

This allows you to plan accordingly and make sure you won’t get any nasty shocks with your bathroom upgrade.

Bathroom-Renovation Before & After

How Much Does it Cost to Remodel a Bathroom in Australia, UK, and USA?

Typically, the cost of a bathroom remodel will depend on a variety of factors as all bathrooms and not made equal.

For those of you eager to have some averages as a base guide, here goes:






  • Average cost: $3,500 to $7,000
  • Top end: $13,000 to $20,000+
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5 Key Things to Consider Before Getting Started

In order to get a better idea of the scope of your bathroom remodelling, we’ve covered the 5 most important components every renovator needs to consider before beginning.

1. Planning

Some of the big costs you’ll have to deal with early on include building, electrical, plumbing, water & asbestos testing and various other minor testing requirements.

These tend to be the cause of major setbacks for many home renovation projects and can take a while to fix, so be sure to factor these into your schedule timing.
Bathroom Renovation Planning Process
Get in specialised tradespeople who are there to handle things like getting the relevant permits and ensuring your bathroom remodel is compliant with all government regulations.

Some things you absolutely need to test for include:

1. Lead and asbestos

a) They pose significant health risks if damaged in the renovation process

b) Can end up being very expensive to deal with

c) Make sure that whatever material replaces them are going to be cost-effective.

d) Be alert and have a contingency plan just in case and you won’t suffer any huge unexpected bills.


2. Preparation

You’ll also need to consider the possibility of demolition if it’s necessary to remove anything dangerous.

1. If this is the case, you’ll most likely need contractor bags, a dumpster or skip bin, as well as disposal fees.

2. Besides lead and asbestos, you might need to take on things like wood rot and mould if found.

The old electricians may have done a poor job with the wiring, too. This is often the case in older buildings so:

a) Keep an eye out for things that don’t look right or have damaged parts.

b) Consider things like the overall structure of the room

c) Check energy efficiency, windows, doors and framing.

Preparation is a big part of any renovation process and means you should get the right contractors in place early on. For example, dumpsters may be required to get rid of old debris.
Bathroom Renovation Dumpster
Finally, take into account the cost of things like poor wiring, outdated plumbing, and even pest infestations. These kinds of problems are relatively common and usually require you to correct them as soon as possible in order for the bathroom remodel to proceed.

3. Operation

Another key element of a bathroom renovation is undertaking the actual work itself.

Hire professional tradespeople who are skilled enough to do the job, and have plenty of experience and references that can be checked. For example:

a) Plumbing and electrical work – need fully licensed contractors to complete them.

b) Pay that little bit extra to ensure the work gets done right and within government regulatory requirements.

c) It’s easy to forget to include these kinds of things and get caught out down the track when the budget blows out.

So make sure you take into account the cost of labour and the amount of time it will take to complete the bathroom project.

4. Creation

You have to factor in the big item costs of the overall project too, such as plumbing and electrics. As two of the main jobs in a typical bathroom refit, you’ll need to be prepared to go back and forth with contractors and suppliers to get the job done.

A few things to keep in mind:

1) Don’t just work off the flat cost of the job – you also need to include materials and labour costs.

2) Plumbers and electricians don’t come cheap – so be prepared upfront for any additional costs related to their services.

3) You’ll also have to pay someone to do the fittings: lighting, fixtures like sinks and vanities, storage space, faucets, shower and bath, and potentially a toilet.

4) You should consider hiring an architect to create your bathroom floor plans.


5. Finishing

Another major element of a bathroom remodel is the finishing touches. This is the part of the project that many renovators love the most as they can start to see their creation come to life. It’s also the final stage and includes everything from decorating, grouting, and painting the walls.
Bathroom Remodel Grouting
There’s a lot of little jobs you might think will only take minutes to do, but they can actually take hours, even days to complete. For this reason, it’s best to work with various tradespeople to get a better idea of what each job entails, how much time they’ll take and the cost.

Final words

A bathroom renovation doesn’t need to be expensive or hard to do. It really comes down to how much preparation and planning you do upfront – the more, the better.

There are huge benefits to upgrading your bathroom, no matter if you’re undertaking this home improvement project for personal use or profit.

Enjoy your renovation.

All the best,

James Mason
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